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School Uniform Policy

Students must be in proper dress code WHEN THEY ENTER THE BUILDING until dismissal.  

  • Students not in compliance with the dress code will be in violation of the discipline code and will receive detention(s).  Dress code violations usually incur weekday detention. 

  • Students with multiple dress code violations (e.g. shirt or blouse out and an earring violation) will receive one weekday detention for each violation.  Repeated violations or extreme violations may incur more severe consequences.  

 

Should an accident or emergency arise that forces a student to be out of uniform, the following procedures must be followed:

  • The student should report to the Dean of Students before the first homeroom bell.

  • The student must have a phone call prior to the student’s arrival at school or a note upon the student’s arrival at school from his/her parent(s) explaining why the student is out of uniform.

 

An after-school appointment, a lost or forgotten uniform, or an unwashed uniform are not acceptable reasons to be out of uniform.

  • The student must be dressed appropriately for school, i.e. traditional business-type clothing suitable for the serious atmosphere of a school.  

  • If a student has a problem with pants on a given day, he must still wear the required shirt and tie.  

  • If he has a problem with his shirt, he must still wear the required pants and tie, etc. 

  • A student dressed inappropriately will be placed on in-school suspension until his/her parents bring appropriate clothes to school.

  • When all of the above directives have been fulfilled, the student may be given permission to be out of uniform for the day.  
    Non-compliance will result in detention(s).

  • Permission to modify the dress code for medical reasons will be given, if and only if, the student presents documentation from a doctor which includes the reason for the need, the specific starting and ending dates for the need, and the specific dress code items that need to be modified. “Until further notice” is not an acceptable end date. If the excuse dates need to be extended after the initial end date, the student must present new documentation from the doctor. If a medical dress code modification is granted, the only permissible modifications are:

    • Marian Catholic gym shorts in lieu of the uniform pants if the doctor requires shorts.

    • Navy or black solid warm up/sweatpants in lieu of the uniform pants (no words on the seat of the pants).

    • If ties need to be removed, it is permitted to wear only the Marian Catholic uniform dress shirts or the Marian Catholic uniform polo shirt.

    • Unless an exception has been secured by the moderator from the administration, dress for an approved field trip is the normal school dress code.

    • Occasionally, Marian Catholic students are asked to represent our school at various extracurricular school, parish, or community events.  When asked to be in uniform, students must be in compliance with school dress code on those occasions.

 

 

— BOYS DRESS CODE —

 

PANTS: All boys must wear navy or khaki pants which can be purchased from the Flynn & O’Hara Uniform Company or any other retailer. 

  • Boys must wear their pants at their waists, not at their hips.  

  • It is not permissible to cut the pants leg seams. 

  • A solid brown or black leather dress belt with a small, plain, silver or gold buckle must be worn properly around the waist.

 

WALKING SHORTS: During the 1st and 4th quarters, students are permitted to wear navy or khaki walking shorts.  Socks and shoes must be worn with the walking shorts.  A solid brown or black leather dress belt with a small, plain, silver or gold buckle must be worn properly around the waist.

 

SHIRTS: During the 1st and 4th quarters, the official polo shirt purchased from the school store may be worn.  During the 2nd and 3rd quarters, a solid white or light blue oxford, cloth, long or short sleeve, button-down shirt which may be purchased anywhere MUST be worn.  

 

An oxford shirt has button down collars as opposed to a plain white dress shirt.

  • Shirts are to be kept properly tucked in at all times; rolling up the shirttails is not permitted. 

  • Collar buttons must be buttoned at all times.  

  • Long-sleeved shirt sleeves may be rolled up if a student is too warm unless they have tattoos.

  • Short shirt sleeves, including polo shirts, are not permitted to be rolled up.

  • Only solid white T-Shirts are permitted to be worn under the shirt.  T-shirts with designs, logos, words, etc. are not permitted to be worn under the shirt. 

  • Long sleeved T-shirts are not permitted to be worn under short sleeve shirts.

 

NECKTIES: All boys must wear a dress necktie, which may be purchased anywhere, when wearing the white oxford shirt

  • Neckties must not extend below the belt.  

  • The top button of the shirt must be closed, and the necktie pulled up to the top of the collar.

 

SHOES: The preferred shoe for both boys and girls is a solid, brown, or black, leather dress shoe which does not go above the ankle. 

  • Moccasins of any type are not permitted.  

  • Solid brown, black, or tan one-color without design boat shoes (such as Sperry’s) are permitted.

  • Boots, sandals, athletic shoes, canvas shoes (such as Toms), backless shoes, or half-back clogs, hikers, work shoes, flip-flops, slipper, soft-soled or no-sole shoes, etc. are not permitted.

  • Shoelaces must be black or brown.  Multi-colored shoelaces are not permitted.  

Note: Any shoe deemed unsafe by the administration due to its condition and/or type will not be permitted.

 

SWEATERS: The official school V-Neck sweater, cardigan, or the official Marian Catholic quarter-zip purchased from the school store MUST be worn during the 2nd and 3rd quarters.  

  • If a student is cold during the 1st and 4th quarters, the official school sweater or quarter zip must be worn.  No other sweaters, sweatshirts or quarter zips are permitted.

  • It is not permissible to cut the “V” in the V-Neck sweater.  

  • The collar of the quarter zip must be unzipped

  • Carrying the sweater or tying it around one’s waist or shoulders is not permitted.

 

SOCKS: Socks, not shorter than ¼ length (must cover ankle bone) must be worn at all times: solid grey, black, or white ONLY.

 

HAIR: Hair is to be kept stylishly neat and clean.  

  • Excessively long (over the top of the ears, over the shirt collar, and/or in the eyes) hairstyles are not permitted.  

  • Unusual and/or distracting hairstyles are not permitted.  

  • Unnatural hair colors are not permitted.  

  • It is not permitted to shave lines, designs, words, numbers, etc. into hair.  

  • Sideburns may not extend below the earlobes.  

  • Ponytails, tails of any type or braids of any type are not permitted.  

  • Shaved heads or partially shaved haircuts are not permitted.

  • Hair bands designed to hold longer hair back and the like are not permitted.

  • Cornrows are not permitted.

 

FACIAL HAIR: Boys are to be clean shaven at all times.  

  • Beards and moustaches are not permitted.  

  • Only a note from a dermatologist indicating a specific skin condition that prohibits a boy from shaving daily is an acceptable excuse. The boy will be expected to shave at minimum weekly, even with a dermatologist note. These notes must be updated yearly.

 

JEWELRY/EARRINGS:

  • No more than two or three bracelets may be worn on each wrist.  

  • Students wanting to wear promotional bracelets must receive administration approval prior to wearing these bracelets.  

  • No more than one ring on each hand is permitted. 

  • One religious medal of a reasonable size on a silver or gold chain is permitted to be worn inside or outside the shirt. Other neck jewelry is not permitted at any time.  Rosaries are not permitted to be work around the neck.

  • Boys are not permitted to wear earrings or ear-cuffs even if they are covered with a bandage.

  • Visible body piercing jewelry is not permitted.  Exceptions will not be made for new piercings even if they are covered by a bandage.  

  • It is not permitted to wear, affix, or store earrings, pins, or other jewelry, or stickers anywhere on the shirt.  

  • Wallet chains, etc. are not permitted.

 

TATTOOS: Tattoos are not permitted to be visible at any time from the time a student enters the building until he or she exits the building.  

  • If a student has a tattoo that is visible or may become visible at these times, it must be covered.

  • Failure to comply will be construed by the school as disobedience, disrespect, and a dress code violation.

 

CAPS/HOODS: Caps, hats, bandanas, or pulled up hoods are not permitted to be worn in the building at any time.

 

MAKE-UP: Boys are not permitted to wear nail polish or any type of make-up at any time.

 

CONTACTS: Unusual or unnatural colored (Wild Eyes/Crazy Eyes) contact lenses are not permitted.

 

GROOMING: All clothing worn in school is required to be clean, pressed, and not torn.  

  • Students are never permitted to write, draw, etc. on their hands, arms, legs, etc. If they do, they will be sent from class to remove the ink, etc. We will offer them hand sanitizer to use.  Failure to remove the ink, etc. will result in disciplinary consequences.

 

STUDENT ID: The current Marian Catholic ID badge and lanyard must be worn at all times during the school day.  The picture and information on the front of the Student ID must not be covered or altered in any manner.

  • Replacement of Student IDs: If a student forgets or loses their ID, they should report to the Main Office immediately.  Each student is allotted one free replacement ID.  If any further replacements are needed, a fee of $5 will be incurred by the student payable to Marian Catholic at the time the replacement is issued.  If the student does not have the $5 available, they must bring the money by the next school day.  Failure to replace or pay for an ID will result in detentions being issued.  

  • Replacements for damaged lanyards are available in the Main Office at a cost of $3.00.  Students are responsible for maintaining their ID and lanyard in good repair.

 

 

— GIRLS DRESS CODE —

 

KILTS: Girls may wear one of the three official skirts, navy, khaki, or plaid, which must be purchased from the Flynn & O’Hara Uniform Company.  

  • All skirts must be worn to the top of the kneecap.  Any skirt that cannot be lengthened in accordance with the school mandate to touch the top of the kneecap must be replaced.  

  • Boxer shorts, spandex shorts, etc. are not permitted to be visible if they are worn under the uniform skirt.  

  • Skirts are not permitted to be rolled.  

 

SLACKS: At any time during the school year, girls will be permitted to substitute the official navy or khaki slacks, which may be purchased from the Flynn & O’Hara Uniform Company or any other retailer, for the kilt.  

  • It is not permissible to cut the slacks’ leg seams.  

  • A solid brown or black leather dress belt with a small, plain silver or gold buckle must be worn properly around the waist.

Please note, ANY girl written up 3 times for skirt length (more than 1 inch above the knee) or rolling the skirt will lose the privilege of wearing the skirt and MUST purchase the navy or khaki uniform slacks from Flynn O’Hara or any other retailer to be worn for the duration of the year.

 

WALKING SHORTS: During the 1st and 4th quarters, students are permitted to wear navy or khaki walking shorts.  Socks and shoes must be worn with the walking shorts.  A solid brown or black leather dress belt with a small, plain, silver or gold buckle must be worn properly around the waist.

 

SHIRTS: During the 1st and 4th quarters, the official polo shirt purchased from the school store may be worn.  During the 2ndand 3rd quarters, a solid white or light blue, oxford, cloth, long or short sleeve, button-down shirt which may be purchased anywhere MUST be worn.  

 

An oxford shirt has button down collars as opposed to a plain white dress shirt.

  • Shirts are to be kept properly tucked in at all times. 

  • Rolling up the shirttails is not permitted.  

  • Collar buttons must be buttoned at all times.  

  • Only the top button of the shirt may be unbuttoned

  • Long-sleeved shirt sleeves may be rolled up if a student is too warm unless they have tattoos.

  • Short shirt sleeves, including polo shirts, are not permitted to be rolled up.

  • Only solid white T-Shirts are permitted to be worn under the shirt.  T-shirts with designs, logos, words, etc. are not permitted to be worn under the shirt.  

  • Long sleeved T-shirts are not permitted to be worn under short sleeve shirts.

 

SHOES: The preferred shoe for both girls and boys is a solid, brown, or black, leather dress shoe which does not go above the ankle.  

  • Moccasins of any type are not permitted.  

  • Solid brown, black, or tan two-color with minimal design boat shoes (such as Sperry) are permitted.  Glitter, sequins, leopard print, etc., are not permitted.

  • Boots, sandals, athletic shoes, canvas shoes (such as Toms), backless shoes or half-back clogs, hikers, work shoes, flip-flops, slipper, soft-soled or no-sole shoes, etc. are not permitted.  

  • Shoelaces must be black, tan, or brown.  Multi-colored shoelaces are not permitted

Note: Any shoe deemed unsafe by the administration due to its condition and/or type will not be permitted.**

 

HOSIERY: All girls wearing kilts must wear solid white or navy non-sheer knee socks or navy tights.  

  • Navy tights may be worn during the 2nd and 3rd quarters.  Tights with holes or runs may not be worn and must be replaced.

  • Sheer stockings or knee highs, including colored and/or patterned, are not permitted.  

  • Knee socks must be pulled up completely.  

  • Socks, not shorter than ¼ length (must cover ankle bone), must be worn at all times by girls wearing the uniform slacks or walking shorts.

 

SWEATERS: The official school V-Neck sweater, cardigan, or the official Marian Catholic quarter-zip purchased from the school store MUST be worn during the 2nd and 3rd quarters.  

  • If a student is cold during the 1st and 4th quarters, the official school sweater or quarter zip must be worn.  No other sweaters, sweatshirts or quarter zips are permitted.

  • It is not permissible to cut the “V” in the V-Neck sweater.  

  • The collar of the quarter zip must be unzipped

  • Carrying the sweater or tying it around one’s waist or shoulders is not permitted.

 

HAIR: Hair is to be kept stylishly neat.  

  • Unusual and/or distracting hairstyles are not permitted.  

  • Unnatural hair colors, streaks, or highlights are not permitted.  

  • It is not permitted to shave lines, designs, words, numbers, etc. into the hair.  

  • Shaved heads or partially shaved haircuts are not permitted.

  • Cornrows are not permitted.

 

JEWELRY/EARRINGS: 

  • No more than two bracelets or watches may be worn on each wrist.  

  • Students wanting to wear promotional bracelets must receive administration approval prior to wearing these bracelets.  

  • No more than two rings on each hand is permitted. 

  • One religious medal of a reasonable size on a silver or gold chain is permitted to be worn inside or outside the blouse. Other neck jewelry is not permitted at any time. A rosary is not permitted to be worn around the neck.

  • Hoop or dangling earrings are not permitted.  

  • Visible body piercing jewelry is not permitted (i.e. nose piercings). Exceptions will NOT be made for new piercings even if they are covered with a bandage.  

  • It is not permitted to wear, affix, or store earrings, pins, or other jewelry or stickers anywhere on the blouse.  

  • Wallet chains, etc. are not permitted.

 

TATTOOS: Tattoos are not permitted to be visible at any time from the time a student enters the building until he or she exits the building. 

  • If a student has a tattoo that is visible or may become visible at these times, it must be covered.  

  • Failure to comply will be construed by the school as disobedience, disrespect, and a dress code violation.

 

CAPS/HOODS: Caps, hats, bandanas, or pulled up hoods are not permitted to be worn in the building at any   time.

 

MAKE-UP: Glitter make-up and/or glitter hairspray are not permitted.

 

CONTACTS: Unusual or unnatural colored (Wild Eyes/Crazy Eyes) contact lenses are not permitted.

 

GROOMING: All clothing worn in school is required to be clean, pressed, and not torn. Students are never permitted to write, draw, etc. on their hands, arms, legs, etc. If they do, they will be sent from class to remove the ink. We will offer them hand sanitizer to use. Failure to remove the ink, etc. will result in disciplinary consequences.

 

STUDENT ID: The current Marian Catholic ID badge and lanyard must be worn at all times during the school day.  The picture and information on the front of the Student ID must not be covered or altered in any manner.

  • Replacement of Student IDs: If a student forgets or loses their ID, they should report to the Main Office immediately. Each student is allotted one free replacement ID. If any further replacements are needed, a fee of $5 will be incurred by the student payable to Marian Catholic at the time the replacement is issued. If the student does not have the $5 available, they must bring the money by the next school day. Failure to replace or pay for an ID will result in detentions being issued.  

  • Replacements for damaged lanyards are available in the Main Office at a cost of $3.00.  Students are responsible for maintaining their ID and lanyard in good repair.

 

FIELD TRIP AND IN-SCHOOL CEREMONY DRESS CODE

Please adhere to the following guidelines regarding appropriate dress on occasions where students are on field trips or participating in school ceremonies (if Marian Catholic spirit wear is not an option) such as but not limited to National Honor Society Inductions, Immaculate Heart Service Society Induction, FBCA, and Student Council Inductions:

  • Boys should wear shirts, ties, dress pants and the appropriate shoes as per the school policy.

  • Girls should wear modest, professional business attire. The following clothes are strictly prohibited:

    • Low cut blouses or shirts

    • Tight, form-fitting skirts, pants, or dresses

    • Short skirts (skirts/dresses may not be shorter than the school uniform)

    • Spaghetti straps without a jacket or sweater

  • Student attire will be inspected prior to departure from school. A male and female administrator and/or teacher directed by the administration will be charged with the task.

  • Students who fail to adhere to these standards will not be allowed to participate in the event.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION DRESS CODE

The dress code for Physical Education classes includes sneakers, the official Marian Catholic Physical Education T-shirt, the official Marian Catholic Physical Education Gym Shorts, Marian sweatshirt, or Marian sweatpants. Violation will result in one weekday detention.

 

CASUAL/SPIRIT DRESS DAYS

The following regulations apply on Administration approved and announced Marian Catholic Casual/Spirit Days:

  • Students are permitted to wear casual pants (including clean and not ripped jeans and sweatpants).  Yoga pants or similar tight-fitting pants are not permitted.

  • Students are permitted to wear only Marian Catholic polo shirts, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts or sweatshirts (hood down) and Marian Catholic sweatpants.  Marian Catholic shirts must be visible and not covered by a non-Marian Catholic shirt.

  • Marian Catholic Sweatshirts may be worn in lieu of a Marian Catholic shirt

  • Students are permitted to wear sneakers.  However, sandals, backless shoes, flip-flops, and bedroom slippers are not permitted.

  • Mini-skirts (skirts shorter than the uniform kilt) or other immodest attire are not permitted for girls.  

  • Tank tops or other sleeveless attire are not permitted for either boys or girls.

  • Shirts/blouses that expose the midriff (stomach/waist) are not permitted for either boys or girls.

  • Neither boys nor girls are permitted to wear caps, hats, bandanas, or pulled up hoods.

Student IDs are required on Casual/Spirit Dress Days

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